Eve Porinchak

Eve Porinchak - Editor

Los Angeles, CA, USA

Award-winning Simon and Schuster author, Former literary agent, Editor whipping manuscripts into submission-ready shape for 10+ years.

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Since earning a degree in psychology and biology from UCLA, Eve has spent much of her time in jail—teaching creative writing to incarcerated teens. Her critically acclaimed book, ONE CUT­—a haunting true story with a juvenile-justice bent—launched Simon and Schuster’s YA true crime line (which Eve co-created). A former agent with Jill Corcoran Literary (Now part of Transatlantic Agency), she speaks at conferences all over the country (SCBWI, Writer's Digest, Writing Day Workshops), and teaches courses at UCLA on all things publishing.

Eve also attended medical school, and has a robust background in social services, so she is highly adept at editing stories involving medicine/healthcare/psychology, foster care, and homelessness. A highly collaborative developmental editor, Eve prides herself on whipping manuscripts into submission-ready shape, and has guided countless authors on their paths to publication.

Preferred genres: children’s books (picture books, middle grade, young adult), true crime, thriller, literary and commercial fiction, contemporary, mystery, horror, memoir.
English (CAN)
English (UK)
English (US)
Historical Fiction
Middle Grade
Young Adult
True Crime


  • Multiple Subject Teaching Credential
  • Medical School Background, Passed Part I USMLE (United States Medical Licensing Exam)


  • In the Margins Book Award

Work experience

Developmental and Line Editor

July, 2019 – Present (over 3 years)

I provide thorough narrative assessement, developmental editing, and line editing on middle grade, young adult, and select adult projects. Query letters, one-page synopses, pitches, and loglines are my jam. Highly collaborative, I chat with authors via email, phone, or Zoom, as needed throughout the process. As a former literary agent, I have a keen eye for revising plot beats, fleshing out character, and creating compelling and immersive narrative and dialogue.

Writing Program Developer and Instructor

University of California (UCLA and UCSD)
October, 2017 – Present (about 5 years)

Create curriculum and teach multiple courses and seminars on writing and publishing. Develop and teach: Getting Published-Navigating the Children’s Book Market
Becoming a Literary Agent-Building a Network of Authors, Editors, and Publishers
Literary Agent Query Prep Masterclass (Including writing query letters, pitches, and synopses)
(all courses run 6-10 weeks, depending on the quarter)

Young Adult Book Author

Simon and Schuster/Simon Pulse
September, 2015 – Present (over 7 years)

Co-created, wrote proposals for, and edited books for Simon and Schuster teen true crime line, called SIMON TRUE. Wrote the critically acclaimed, and award-winning, One Cut, a haunting true story with a juvenile justice bent, which launched Simon True in 2017. One Cut consistently lands on reading lists for high school and college criminal justice and juvenile justice courses, and is avalible in county jail and state prison libraries across the country.

Literary Agent

Jill Corcoran Literary Agency (Now part of Transatlantic Agency)
April, 2012 – December, 2018 (over 6 years)

Represented authors and sold books to Big 5 publishing houses, crafted full nonfiction proposals, created pitches, edited manuscripts (specializing in children's, teen, and select adult projects involving social justice issues), negotiated contracts, book-to-film deals, served as keynote speaker, panelist, and workshop instructor for local and national writing events.

Portfolio (14 selected works)

One Cut (Simon True)

Porinchak, Eve

59 Hours (Simon True)

Kovatch, Johnny


Martin, Will


Makarova, Emma

Ditched: A Love Story

Mellom, Robin

Eve has 7 reviews

Communication & Punctuality
Communication & Punctuality

Ana Burr
Eve has been so kind and encouraging! She was available whenever I needed her or had a question, and helped me polish the manuscripts in ways I wouldn't have been able to do alone. I appreciate her input very much, and I'm very happy I chose her as my editor.

Ana Burr, November 2022

Hannah Reed
Eve has been a pleasure to work with! She has provided excellent feedback and helpful resources. She takes the time to analyze your work and her attention to detail is superb! I loved working with her and would highly recommend her!

Hannah Reed, October 2022

Jill Lopez
Eve's input on my project was literally invaluable. She is such a talented person who possesses such a depth of skill and knowledge in every area you could hope for from an editor. She provided expert-level feedback on my project from the granular level up to the broad themes, and everything in between. I am extremely impressed with her level of professionalism and the consistently stellar qual...
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Jill Lopez, October 2022

Paul Barnett
We've all hired a contractor or professional "whatever" at some point in our lives. A plumber, a drywall guy, a dentist, etc. Often these professionals become a financial crapshoot. I'm pleased to say that hiring Eve as a developmental editor may have been the best money I've ever spent. Her dedication and talent are priceless for anyone looking for an objective and thoughtful critique of t...
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Paul Barnett, September 2022

Eve Porinchak
Thank you, Paul. What a lovely message. Your manuscript was a joy to work on, and what a wild ride! I just hope you write more books...your storytelling abilities and humor are stellar. If not, you...
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Patrick Alarcon
Each communication with Eve increased my ability to become a writer. I understood her suggestions and questions because they were logical and clearly presented. Eve's focus on detail is most helpful in my understanding of writing effectively. I accepted all her comments and addressed each as I revised the manuscript, and she offered me a post-revision final proofread, which I appreciated. Eve's...
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Patrick Alarcon, September 2022

Eve Porinchak
Oh, thank you, Patrick! That means a lot to me. I loved working on your manuscript, and I do hope you write more books. I learned a ton about a time in history I knew little about, and was thorough...
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